A third of German doctors would like law on assisted suicide to be changedBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2814 (Published 02 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2814
- Annette Tuffs
About 40% of German doctors could imagine themselves helping terminally ill patients to commit suicide such as by providing drugs, a survey has shown. The representative survey, published in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel (24 Nov, p 164; www.spiegel.de/politik/debatte/0,1518,592070,00.html), said that 3.3% of the responding doctors had already helped patients with suicide.
The German Medical Association has questioned the validity of the results and, after a meeting with Protestant and Catholic churches, has confirmed its opposition to any participation of doctors in suicide.
The Spiegel survey of doctors contains anonymous data from …